So this breath, or what conducts the breath – in yoga we call this, the Koorma Nadi. You know what’s Koorma? Not kurma. No I saw some tongues. Koorma means a turtle or a tortoise. An amphibious creature, it’s in the water but it can also venture out.
If you master this Koorma Nadi – you’re in the body, but you can be little outside the physical nature
So you can become an amphibious creature, if you master this Koorma Nadi. That means you’re in the body, but you can be little outside the physical nature. Because this is your desire. Your desire is not to leave the physical for good. You want to be rooted in the physical, but you want to have a taste of what is beyond. This is human desire, always. In trying to…. see, everything that you are doing… please look at this – whether you are going out to conquer the world, you get married, you bear children, you do this, you drink, you go to temple, you drug, you do whatever the hell you want – essentially all that you are looking for is, you want a bigger experience of life, isn’t it? Yes or no?
The only way your life’s experience can be enhanced is by expanding your perception
The only way your life’s experience can be enhanced is by expanding your perception. If your eyes can see something that it can not see right now, your experience is enhanced. If your ears can hear something that you can not hear something right now, your experience is enhanced. Like this, if your perception is enhanced, only then your experience is enhanced. Otherwise you are only going on imagining things within the data that you have already gathered. Yes? The only way to enhance is to expand, or to come out.
So Koorma Nadi, this breath is referred to as Koorma Nadi – because if you use it properly, you can become like an amphibious creature. That you can be in the body, but you can venture outside. This is like a rope. Let’s say we pull out your breath right now. If I take away your breath, what will happen? You and your body will fall apart. Right now in your experience, you are the body sitting here. But this rice and chinta taku and gomakura, everything is gathered up here and sitting here. Yes or no? Yes? It’s food that you’ve eaten. Is this an accumulation? Do you understand this is an accumulation? What you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you, isn’t it? Yes? I can say – this is mine, this is mine, this is mine – but, if I say – this is me, this is me, this is me – lost it, isn’t it? Whatever you accumulate can be yours, can never ever be you.
It’s the breath or the Koorma Nadi, which ties you and your body together
So the moment, if I pull the breath away, then you and what you have gathered will fall apart. You and your body will fall apart. Or in other words, it’s the breath or the Koorma Nadi, which ties you and your body together. When we say Koorma Nadi, we’re not just talking about the passage of air. Right now you’re incapable of experiencing the breath. In the sense – see right now if you watch, you think you’re watching the breath? No. You’re only noticing the sensations caused by the passage of breath. You’re not capable of knowing the breath itself.
So the breath, or what sets up this pattern, what directs this pattern, that we are calling as Koorma Nadi. If you have some mastery over that, you become an amphibious creature. That is – you are rooted in the physical but you can venture out. If this much freedom arises in human life, suddenly you know there is another possibility. That there is something beyond physical nature. Whatever you are going through within this physical cocoon is not everything. You know, on a completely different dimension of life.
If you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue
If this one thing you know, if you have a moment of experience beyond your physicality, death is not an issue, isn’t it? If you know life beyond your physical body right now, death is not an issue. Death is a big issue because you know nothing beyond the body. When they threaten to take it away, there is terror in people – simply because everything that you know, is going away. If you knew something beyond the body, suddenly this would not be such a big problem. And, it is not a problem. It is a solution for all our problems, that we are mortal. If you are here – let’s say, next million years you are not going to go – that is a problem, isn’t it? We must live our span, and we must go – that’s a good thing.